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UNITED
NATIONS
A

        General Assembly
Distr.
GENERAL
A/43/657
30 September 1988

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

Forty-third session
Agenda item 76


UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR
PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST

Palestine refugees in the West Bank

Report of the Secretary-General


1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 42/69 J of 2 December 1987, entitled "Palestine refugees in the West Bank", the operative paragraphs of which read as follows:

2. On 20 January 1988, the Secretary-General addressed a note verbale to the Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, in which, inter alia, he drew attention to his reporting responsibility under the resolution and requested the Permanent Representative to inform him of any steps his Government had taken or envisaged taking in implementation of the relevant provisions of the resolution. In his reply dated 7 July 1988, the Permanent Representative of Israel stated as follows:

3. The position of the Commissioner-General of UNRWA remains as set out in previous reports of the Secretary-General (see, for example, A/41/568 and A/40/615) that he would not object if refugees in the camps voluntarily sought better housing, whether by improving existing housing or moving into new housing. He would, however, strongly object if any pressure or coercion were used to make refugees move or comply with any scheme. As pointed out in earlier reports, refugees will not lose eligibility for UNRWA's services by the mere fact of relocation outside the camps. As at 30 June 1988, of the 385,634 registered refugees in the West Bank, 285,723 live outside the camps.

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* A/41/150.


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